Feb 28 2011

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Staged Reading of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

25 March 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

After the success of The Open Circuit and Old Times, The Finn-Brit Players’ Harold Pinter Project continues with a staged reading of The Birthday Party.

One of the most famous flops in recent theatrical history at its first London performance in 1958, The Birthday Party is now revered as a classic popular drama with deep political resonance. The characters in the seaside boarding house are all people Harold Pinter had come across.

The repartee is hilarious and vicious in turn, the dialogue mundane, descriptive, reflective, witty, threatening: the play is described as brilliant, baffling and bizarre.

It reflects Pinter’s obsession with power politics and the capacity of the human spirit to resist total submission. As he said of Petey’s line towards the end of the play:

‘Stan, don’t let them tell you what to do’ – “I’ve lived that line all my life”.

The cast includes Stewart Gray, Angie Hämäläinen, Mark Durrant, Zoë Chandler, Jonathan Hutchings and Daniel McMullen. The reading is directed by Joan Nordlund and stage-managed by Beth Morton.

FREE ENTRANCE
Wine and snacks will be served.


Feb 4 2011

Old Times

Kate and Anna

Staged Reading of Old Times by Harold Pinter

18 February 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

After the success of The Open Circuit, The Finn-Brit Players will be presenting a staged reading of Old Times by Harold Pinter, as part of their ongoing Pinter Project.

“A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.”

Harold Pinter

There are those whose lives are deeply rooted in the past; others keep one foot planted firmly in the future. Between the two rages a battle to control the present. Harold Pinter’s Old Times suspends Kate between her stimulating London days with her only friend Anna, and her quiet homelife in the country with her husband Deeley – challenging her to choose between nostalgia and now.

The cast includes Zoë Chandler, Jonathan Hutchings and Angie Hämäläinen, and will be directed by Jakob Holder.

FREE ENTRANCE


Jan 17 2011

The Open Circuit

The Open Circuit by Jakob Holder

Staged Reading of The Open Circuit by Jakob Holder

29 January 2011
7 p.m. @ The Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki

The Finn-Brit Players will present a staged reading of The Open Circuit – the newest play by Jakob Holder, an award winning US playwright.

The Open Circuit tells the story of a relationship under pressure. As outside influences – a cynical brother’s advice, a curious doctor’s tests, a nosey neighbour’s intrusions, and a psychic’s cryptic warnings – begin to take fierce effect, Karl and Paula are forced to stock up and fortify.

Though he has been coming to Finland for over a decade, this is the first time Jakob’s work will be seen here. The cast includes Zoë Chandler, Mark Durrant, Jonathan Hutchings, Maria Kuuskoski, Daniel McMullan, and Beth Morton, and will be directed by the author.

Visit the Finn-Brit Players’ website.


Aug 26 2010

Miscoloured

poetry and jazz autumn 2010 poetry and jazz autumn 2010

14, 21 & 28 September 2010
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki

PROGRAMME

March SnowJohn Leo
Rubik's HeartZoë Chandler
Reality Is Just a Distant DreamTiina Isoviita
Ryōkan's ReturnJohn Leo
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #1Zoë Chandler
The Never-Ending Battle Between
   Darkness and LightLauri Kivi-Koskinen
Extraordinary Voyage – Bright blue sky Saara Markkanen
WhiteTiina Isoviita
This Is My Jesus YearZoë Chandler
The Winged MigrationsJohn Leo
Extraordinary Voyage – Half way thereSaara Markkanen
The NightingaleJohn Leo
The Main Street of This Torture CityTiina Isoviita
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #2Zoë Chandler
Memories of a Distant Winter WonderlandTiina Isoviita
HopeLauri Kivi-Koskinen
Extraordinary Voyage – Waiting at the harbourSaara Markkanen
Let Autumn Now ComeJohn Leo
RedTiina Isoviita
Madam Luminita's 21st Century Tarot #3Zoë Chandler

Direction Zoë Chandler
Music Saara Markkanen on reeds and guitar


Feb 5 2010

Songs of Fire & Ice

poetry and jazz spring 2010

23 February; 2 & 9 March 2010
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki

PROGRAMME


Our Song

All Growed Up

Winter Light

Spring at Western Water

Frozen in Time

Drastic Performance

Madam Luminita’s
   21st Century Tarot

Seeing You
 

Wordless Poem

The Route to the Future
   Lies in the Past

Within a Hair’s Breadth 
   of You

Ice Nerve

Ramblings of a
   Mind Gone Mad

The Table

The Six Strings
  

In an Absent State of Mind

On the Phone

Madam Luminita’s
   21st Century Tarot

Another Darwinian Dawn

Cyrano’s Final Speech
  

Oh Good, Whatever is Rock
 

Plosions

The 3,000 Years
   Spent With You

Upside Down

A Short Poem of a Long Life

Happiness is Out of Fashion
 

Madam Luminita’s
   21st Century Tarot

Autumn

Verlaine
 

The Moon Appears
 

The Birds and the Bees

Even Red Roses
   Have Gone Metric


Zoë Chandler

Zoë Chandler

John Leo

John Leo

Tiina Isoviita

Tiina Isoviita

 
Zoë Chandler

Vello Ruus
   perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

Vello Ruus

Bruce Marsland
   perf. by Fabien Rapin

Bruce Marsland
   perf. by Fabien Rapin

John Millar

  
Mikael Kivimäki

Marietta Chela

F. Garcia Lorca
   perf. by Marietta Chela

Tiina Isoviita

Tiina Isoviita

 
Zoë Chandler

John Leo

Edmond Rostand
   perf. by Fabien Rapin

Vello Ruus
   perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

John Millar

 
Tiina Isoviita

Mikael Kivimäki

Mikael Kivimäki

Bruce Marsland
   perf. by Fabien Rapin

 
Zoë Chandler

John Leo

F. Garcia Lorca
   perf. by Marietta Chela

F. Garcia Lorca
   perf. by Marietta Chela

Vello Ruus

 
Zoë Chandler


Direction Zoë Chandler
Music John Millar on clarinet


Sep 10 2009

Lives & Deaths

poetry and jazz autumn 2009

10, 17 & 24 September 2009
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki

 

PROGRAMME


Vital Statistics
 

Justin Pinkletink
  & Sir Anthony Aspland

Teenager at Thirty
 

Scenes of Autumn
 

Late Summer Leaves

September Woods

The Smile

Things We Lost In The Sea

Meredith Willowes
  & Nicholas Mortlock

Clutching

A Falling Away

A Farm Girl’s Lament

The Flight of the Osprey

Snowdrops

To My Wife
 

Moss

Gliding in Gravity

Abigail Merriweather
  & Eddie Goldstone

Seaside Holiday

 
Nocturne
 

I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown
 

A Light Rain Is Forecast

Raleigh’s Recount

30,000 Lives and Deaths

Erratum: Dr Penelope Gray
   & RIP Honour

Between the Squares
 


Zoë Chandler
     perf. by Zoë Chandler & Marietta Chela

 
Zoë Chandler

Bruce Marsland
     perf. by Diana Hannikainen

John Leo
     perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

John Leo

John Leo

Marietta Chela

Marietta Chela

 
Zoë Chandler

John Millar

Suzanne Niilo-Rämä

Suzanne Niilo-Rämä

John Leo

John Leo

Oscar Wilde
     perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

Joel Holmberg

Joel Holmberg

 
Zoë Chandler

Bruce Marsland
     perf. by Diana Hannikainen

Delmira Agustini
     perf. by Marietta Chela

Louise Labé
     perf. by Marietta Chela

Zoë Chandler

John Leo

Joel Holmberg

 
Zoë Chandler

Zoë Chandler
     perf. by Zoë Chandler & Marietta Chela


Direction  Joel Holmberg
Music  John Millar on clarinet


Mar 11 2009

The Four Elements

poetry and jazz spring 2009

11, 18 & 25 March 2009
7 p.m. @ Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki

 

PROGRAMME


Let It Be Forgotten
 

It Is Not a Word
 

Winter Guest

Twilight

Encounter; City Soup; Black Strand;
   Dark Senses

Breaking Wave

That Palaeozoic Trilobite Groove

When You Are Old
 

Gentle Earthy Prick

This Compost
 

This Moment

Midsummer Aurora
 

Fishmonger

The Auto-obituary of an Evil Genius

Midwinter Spring

The Amerindian Drum

Hot Sauces

The Forest; The Strand; Flea Circus;
   The Vanishing

Air Off

I Saw In Louisiana
   a Live-Oak Growing

Everyham

The Hyperborean Bird

She

Passage


Sara Teasdale
     perf. by Zoë Chandler

Sara Teasdale
     perf. by Zoë Chandler

John Leo

Marietta Chela

 
Joel Holmberg

John Leo

Bruce Marsland

W.B.Yeats
     perf. by Marietta Chela

John Millar

Walt Whitman
      perf. by Diana Hannikainen

Zoë Chandler

John Leo
     perf. by Lauri-Kivi-Koskinen

Bruce Marsland

Zoë Chandler

John Leo

John Leo

Marietta Chela

 
Joel Holmberg

John Millar

Walt Whitman
     perf. by Diana Hannikainen

Bruce Marsland

John Leo

Marietta Chela

Joel Holmberg


Direction  Joel Holmberg
Music  John Millar on clarinet


Oct 8 2008

City Hearts

poetry and jazz autumn 2008

8, 15 & 22 October 2008
8 p.m. @ Café Engel, Helsinki
 

PROGRAMME


I Am Not Yours
 

Metro Night

The Cursive Past

Call

Desert Voices

My City
 

Alias

New Bearing

In Black and White

Cityscapes #1

Will power

Credences of Autumn
 

Hormonal Implosion

Not a Tree (Nor a Poem)

Not William
 

Spring Tide

They’re Just Tiny Bottles
   (They’re Just Tiny Soldiers)

Echoes of the Cityside

PoetryFactory Pro

Cityscapes #2

I’ll Remember

Winter Meditation

The Barrier


Sara Teasdale
     perf. by Zoë Chandler

John Leo

Adrian Goldman

Adrian Goldman

John Leo

Carina Chela
     perf. by Marietta Chela

Bruce Marsland

Bruce Marsland

Adrian Goldman

Johanna Pitkänen

Fionna O’Sullivan

John Leo
     perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

Marietta Chela

Fionna O’Sullivan

Zoë Chandler
     perf. by Zoë Chandler & Matti Keltanen

John Leo

Carina Chela
     perf. by Marietta Chela

Zoë Chandler

Bruce Marsland

Johanna Pitkänen

Marietta Chela

John Leo

Joel Holmberg


Direction  Joel Holmberg
Music  Johanna Pitkänen on piano


Mar 19 2008

Nature

poetry and jazz spring 2008

19 & 26 March; 2 April 2008
8 p.m. @ Café Engel, Helsinki

 
PROGRAMME


When in Ghana

On the Beach at Night
 

from Mikrokosmos
 

The White House

The Venerable Mark

Jurassic Car Park

Lessons From the Hill: The Wasps
 

Lessons From the Hill: The Vole
 

The Landscape Player
 

Serafina

Kuppi
 

from Mikrokosmos
 

Lessons From the Hill: The Ants
 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover


Zoë Chandler

Walt Whitman
     perf. by Perttu Lipsanen

Béla Bartók
     perf. by Johanna Pitkänen

Marja Hakola

Zoë Chandler

Zoë Chandler

Bartholomew John
     perf. by Perttu Lipsanen

Bartholomew John
     perf. by Perttu Lipsanen

Rhys Hughes
     perf. by Zoë Chandler

Joel Holmberg

Alice Martineau
     perf. by Marja Hakola

Béla Bartók
     perf. by Johanna Pitkänen

Bartholomew John
     perf. by Perttu Lipsanen

Zoë Chandler


Direction  Joel Holmberg
Music  Johanna Pitkänen on piano


Oct 3 2007

Food & Drink

poetry and jazz autumn 2007

3, 10 & 17 October 2007
8 p.m. @ Café Engel, Helsinki

 

PROGRAMME


The Regime

I Live on Little

The Ballad of Boullabaisse
 

Midsummer Ceremony
 

At Katajanokka

Turkey Wrangling

Macbeth, Act IV, Sc. 1
 

The Old Drunkard

So I’ve Tried To Go

The Eleventh Summer

The Fly
 

Alfantino to Gamberi


Zoë Chandler

John Leo

William Makepeace Thackeray
     perf. by Joan & Henrik Nordlund

John Leo
     perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

John Leo

Zoë Chandler

William Shakespeare
     perf. by Joan & Henrik Nordlund

John Leo

John Leo

Zoë Chandler

William Oldys
     perf. by Lauri Kivi-Koskinen

Joel Holmberg


Direction Joel Holmberg
Music John Millar on clarinet